Carnitas

 
Juicy pork carnitas tacos are simply made in a crockpot with just a few ingredients that everyone has on hand and they turn out perfect every time! ohsweetbasil.com_-2
 
 
 
We had a little Mexican Pot luck in my neighborhood the other night. It was tons of fun and so nice to have everyone out together and just enjoy each others’ company. Everyone brought a dish to share and it turned out perfect. I decided to go with carnitas. I looooooove this pork. It is one of the most simple ways to make carnitas, but it is so juicy and flavorful. I love that you just throw it in the crockpot and don’t think about it all day. You may wonder if with so few ingredients it’s really that delicious, but it is.
 
Juicy pork carnitas tacos are simply made in a crockpot with just a few ingredients that everyone has on hand and they turn out perfect every time! ohsweetbasil.com_-2
 
 
I made one big fat error this time around. You may not think it’s that big of a deal, but for me it is. At about 1230 in the afternoon I realized that I had not placed the pork in the crock. DANGIT!!!! I am a huge, huge believer in letting roasts, and all kinds of pork cook for 8 hours in the crock on low. It is soooooooooo much more juicy, tender and flavorful. I promise. This pork still turned out well, but it would have been 1 million times better if I had been more on top of things. SO, when you try this, don’t forget to slooooooow cook it.
 
Juicy pork carnitas tacos are simply made in a crockpot with just a few ingredients that everyone has on hand and they turn out perfect every time! ohsweetbasil.com_-2
 
Juicy pork carnitas tacos are simply made in a crockpot with just a few ingredients that everyone has on hand and they turn out perfect every time! ohsweetbasil.com
 

What Is Carnita?

Carnita is a Mexican shredded meat.

The meat is braised or roasted, and is often used in tacos or burritos.

 

What Is Queso Fresco?

Queso Fresco is a semi-soft cheese, white in color.

It is often used in Mexican cuisine. 

 

What Can You Substitute For Queso Fresco?

Feta cheese makes a good substitute for queso fresco.

You should choose a mild feta cheese to use in place of queso fresco.

 

Carnitas

Carnitas

Ingredients:

  • Corn Tortillas
  • Queso Fresco, crumbled
  • Cilantro, chopped

For the Pork

  • 4 lbs Pork Shoulder/Butt, boneless
  • 6 Cloves of Garlic, pressed
  • 1/4 Teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Oregano, or 2 Teaspoons Fresh Oregano
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
  • 1 1/2- 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt

Directions:

  1. Combine garlic, pepper, oregano, olive oil, vinegar and salt.
  2. Rub pork all over with garlic mixture and refrigerate overnight in a ziploc bag, turning over once before going to bed.
  3. The next day place the pork in the crockpot on low and cook for 8 hours.

We like to serve ours with warmed corn tortillas, cilantro and cotija or queso fresco and sometimes a little avocado.

We prefer boneless pork roast, but if it has a bone just cook it slow, low, and for over 8 hours.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 562 Calories
  • Total Fat: 43.4g
  • Cholesterol: 161mg
  • Carbohydrates: 0.9g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 39.1g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.
 
 

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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7 comments on “Carnitas”

  1. Pingback: The BEST Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas from Food Bloggers | Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker

  2. I’m drooling; this looks so good!

  3. Actually, the above comment from Donna is really me, Sandy, from Everyday Southwest.com. We have issues with our shared email, but we BOTH love you're take on pork carnitas!

  4. We love pork carnitas! I've got to try these in the slow cooker-the perfect answer to over heating the kitchen in the summer heat. Hope you try the guacamole and bacon sandwiches. Let me know how you like them.

  5. I bet you could just turn the oven to 300 for 8 hours.

  6. Looks perfect….I just need a slow cooker